Fancy Dining for Fancy People: 10 Best Restaurants in Montecito

Montecito: Santa Barbara's even more wealthy and luxurious neighborhood to the south. The rich and famous call this area home, so you know what that means... there's plenty of good stuff to eat around here! This list rounds up 10 of the best restaurants in Montecito - from sushi to pasta to ice cream and beyond!

Many of the area's restaurants are located on Coast Village Road, one of the main streets. Sakana, a sushi restaurant, sits at one end and the Honor Bar holds down the other end. If you feel like venturing off the beaten path, reserve a table at the Stonehouse, located in one of Montecito's most deluxe hotels.

Much like Santa Barbara, Montecito also seems to have a disproportionately large amount of Italian restaurants. There must be something about red tiles roofs and sea breezes that really gets people in the mood for a nice red sauce and a bottle of chianti. If you're feeling like it's time for a basket of calamari or plate of lasagna, stop by Tre Lune (they also make a killer breakfast).

After dinner, treat your sweet tooth to some organic ice cream at Rori's Artisanal Creamery. A long-time favorite of specialty shops, Rori's first retail store is located right here. Try their peanut butter and jelly ice cream served in a mason jar or one of their drool-worthy ice cream sandwiches. Yum!

Probably the most-beloved breakfast spot in Montecito, this cute little bakery and restaurants is also open for lunch. Stop by in the morning for a hearty and delicious plate of eggs benedict or huevos rancheros. Or breeze through for an amazing...  Read More

Plow & Angel Bistro

Sibling to the estimable Stonehouse Restaurant, Plow & Angel offers contemporary bistro fare in a charming environment that includes a cozy, romantic fireplace. Well-heeled patrons especially love weekend evenings, when live jazz bands and...  Read More

Rori's Artisanal Creamery creates organic, homegrown ice creams in exceptional flavors. Ingredients are handpicked, fresh and local whenever possible. Straus Family Creamery milk, cream and eggs are used - ensuring that you're in for a deluxe...  Read More

Tre Lune
Photo courtesy of Tre Lune

From the moment you set foot inside the restaurant, Tre Lune's mission is clear: each of their patrons will walk away with a classic taste of Italy. And come back, again and again, as their many loyal customers already do. To start with, there...  Read More

A happening place to go for small bites and tasty cocktails in Montecito! Hit up the Honor Bar when you feel like catching up with friends - or making new. The social atmosphere at the bar is fun, and the sunny patio is ideal for soaking up the...  Read More

Cava restaurant opened in Montecito in 1997 and has been a favorite with locals and visitors ever since. Their menu features south-of-the-border favorites with a Santa Barbara twist - like locally caught seafood. Every table receives a basket of...  Read More

Trattoria Mollie

With charismatic chef-owner Mollie Ahlstrand at its helm, this popular establishment not only serves incredible food but offers a bit of star-gazing potential as well, thanks to celebrity regulars. Mollie's skills are showcased in homemade...  Read More

Given to impeccable preparation of basic dishes, legendary Lucky's ensures that diners are privy to the best steaks and chops possible. Terrific ingredients make the difference, and everything is made in-house. Aged Midwestern beef in a variety...  Read More

Sakana doesn't have a website or a Facebook page or much of marketing presence at all, but locals will tell you that this is one of the best sushi restaurants in all of Santa Barbara - and it has a high Zagat rating to match. Fresh fish, press...  Read More

Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch

The Stonehouse began life as a 19th century citrus packing building before being transformed into the luxe dining establishment it is today. Located on the lush grounds of the San Ysidro Ranch (one of the area's finest luxury hotels), the...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva

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